Akai Aikens pleads guilty to gun charges

9:58 AM, Feb 5, 2013   |    comments
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EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (KSDK) - An East St. Louis man pleaded guilty Monday to firearm charges.

Akai J. Aikens, 29, pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon.

Court documents state a police officer on patrol in East St. Louis on October 5, 2012 saw a vehicle driving through the city with large objects hanging from the rearview mirror, obstructing the driver's view.

The officer pulled the car over, and the driver of the vehicle turned into the parking lot of a bar and car wash. The passenger then jumped out and ran behind a building.

The passenger, identified as Aikens, came back to the vehicle after the officer yelled for him.

The officer asked Aikens if he hid a gun behind the building, to which he replied no. A police dog was released to do an article search around the car wash, and found a gun in the grass behind the car wash.

Aikens will be sentenced May 10, 2013. He faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine up to $250,000, and three years of supervised release.


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